The Accord is an interesting proposal in the mid-size segment, with the term that perfectly describes the car being "border-crossing". First of all, the vehicle pushes the upper limits of its segment in terms of length, getting close to full-size sedans. Then there's the positioning of the car: Honda wants us to see it as a premium vehicle, while in reality it mixes premium elements with mediocre ones.
Fortunately, the pricing is more convenient that those of mid-size cars that use this tag. The range-topping equipment level and the base-spec four-cylinder petrol engine we tested brought the Accord to a little over EUR30,000, which, in today's exchange rates means a tad under USD40,000.
Thus, the car looks more expensive than it actually is, but its interior is by no means premium, as it comes with certain materials that don't belong in the same sentence with this word and doesn't excel in terms of rear space.
The Accord also comes with sporty ambitions, but, in the configuration we tested, only manages to fulfill these in terms of feeling, with the actual performance being average. The vehicle offers decent driving dynamics, but not a tenth of G more.
Despite this, the rev-happy 2.0-liter VTEC engine, as well as the sporty & precise six-speed manual allow the driver to enjoy the moments spent behind the wheel. In terms of efficiency though, the engineers have really done a good job, with the engine, together with certain underbody aerodynamic tweaks and low rolling resistance tires allowing you to almost match the official efficiency figures without having to try too hard.
However, the Accord never manages to shine in any way, so it doesn't have something that it can do better than any other rival in its segment: It looks good, but it's not that special. if feels sporty, but only a bit and so you can never actually build a strong case for it. Thus, you have to look at the car in isolation and see if it manages to grow on you if you want to give it a chance.
It's a car that manages to give you some good times once you get behind its wheel, but one that is forgotten once you get out of it, with the only exception to this being its manual gearbox.Continue reading